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Canadian Foreign Aid


James Bredin

Our government is into foreign aid in a big way,
And down at the UN they put on a display,
To show how generous they are with our dollars,
And get the nod from those international scholars.

They have absolutely nothing to show for all this,
Sent billions of tax dollars and never got a kiss,
In fact they say the problems are now worse than before,
More wars and starvation and famine galore.

Pompous proper persons say this is unacceptable,
And that these poor places are still so susceptible,
So the money can’t stop and send many billions more,
To the UN bureaucrats who are keeping the score.

And if the money goes to some despot over there,
And then to a secret Swiss account, we’re unaware,
They’ll call it sustainable development -- that’s nice,
They’ll go to the UN again for even more advice.

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